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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Party’s support basePro-choice, I don’t agree but the government has no right to ban it

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?

  Party’s support baseYes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Party’s support baseTake the government out of marriage and instead make it a religious decision

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Party’s support baseNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?

  Party’s support baseNo, but increase our military presence along the southern border

Social  ›  Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?

  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only for deadly contagious diseases

Social  ›  Gender Identity

Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Party’s support baseYes, this will protect the safety and rights of police officers and citizens

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?

  Party’s support baseYes, and we should socialize medicine and healthcare

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?

  Party’s support baseNo, families should be kept together while they are being processed

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only increase funding for personalized care instead of subsidizing pharmaceutical companies

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?

  Party’s support baseNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Party’s support baseNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Education  ›  Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?

  Party’s support baseNo, but provide lower interest rates for student loans

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Party’s support baseYes, if they were born here

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the “no-fly list” be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Party’s support baseRaise

the Economy  ›  Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only for medical use

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Party’s support baseYes, this system guarantees healthcare for everyone

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Party’s support baseNo, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

  Public statementsYes, but a mandatory single payer system would be even better

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?

  Party’s support baseYes, and use the U.N. peacekeeping forces to protect our interests

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?

  Party’s support baseNo, foreign interests should not be able to buy the influence of our politicians

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Public statementsNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Party’s support baseMore

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

Should universities provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  Party’s support baseYes, but by drastically reducing the benefits and salaries of government officials

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party’s support baseHelp

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Party’s support baseNo, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Party’s support baseIncrease, but only after our deficit is drastically reduced

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes, except for felons convicted of murder or violent crimes

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Party’s support baseYes, and we should create more social programs to help prevent and rehabilitate criminals

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Party’s support baseNo, we should invest in cleaner alternatives such as wind, hydroelectric, thorium, and geothermal

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?

  Party’s support baseMore

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Party’s support baseNo, teach to each student's potential instead of uniform testing

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Party’s support baseYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Public statementsYes, but in the form of assisting sectors most heavily hit by the recession

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Party’s support baseNo, but reroute the pipeline away from Native American land

Science  ›  GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Public statementsNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?

  Public statementsYes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?

  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if they are non-profit

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Party’s support baseNo